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Project blends UAVs, open source

Dec. 23, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
The Army's MQ-1C Gray Eagle is one in a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles. U.S. Army
The Army's MQ-1C Gray Eagle is one in a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles. U.S. Army ()
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An effort to combine UAVs and open source software has been launched by the Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security and private industry. The Open Source Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Systems program will be based at Camp Shelby, Miss., which has nearly 100 miles of restricted air space for UAVs to fly.

Participants also include the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and the Defense Acquisition University. In addition local Mississippi community colleges, the Open Source Software Institute and other non-government entities are taking part.

“The goal is to identify and document specific technical, economic and administrative benefits provided by open technology solutions and to share this information with government unmanned vehicle programs, commercial suppliers and open source development communities,” said John Weathersby, executive director of the Open Source Software Institute, in an announcement to local newspapers.

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